HSBC and Concrete Playground partner to launch digital European travel guide service

HSBC and Concrete Playground partner to launch digital European travel guide service

Results from Concrete Playground’s 2022 Travel Survey highlight 96 per cent of respondents intend to travel abroad this year, with Western Europe marked as the number one destination.

To help readers make the most of their impending travel plans, Concrete Playground has partnered with HSBC to launch a series of travel guides to international cities to coincide with the European summer.

Each guide provides a snapshot of the city, arming readers with all the information and inspiration they need to build their own bespoke itinerary.

First and third-party data was used to select the six trending European destinations — Copenhagen, Lisbon, London, Marseille, Milos and Sorrento — and all recommendations in the guides, from the best eats and activities to top accommodation, were curated by Concrete Playground’s editors.

As part of this campaign, HSBC assets were also rolled out across Concrete Playground’s travel e-commerce platform, CP Trips, taking readers from inspiration to purchase.

Jessica Power, Head of Wealth and Personal Banking, Australia at HSBC comments,

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Concrete Playground on these Travel Guides,” head of wealth and personal banking (AUS), HSBC, Jessica Power, said.

“At HSBC, we strive to create products with a global lens so that your money is ready to travel with you.”

Foundation Group business director, Blake Power said the group is excited about the launch, “International travel is a big priority this year for Australians, so we’re partnering with Concrete Playground to create engaging content ahead of the European summer.”

Pick your playground. (Supplied – Concrete Playground)

“Concrete Playground’s mission is to connect audiences with the best and most unique experiences, so it’s incredibly exciting to partner with HSBC to put that on a global stage,” editorial director, Concrete Playground, Suz Tucker, said.

“We aim to be the pocket companion to our readers’ city lives — and now we can go on holidays with them, too.”

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